So it’s been almost two weeks since my last post. My apologies, I just felt there wasn’t much to update you guys with last week so I decided to continue to work on some things. First off I’ve completed the short biographies of at least four characters out of a possible six for my fan-fiction project. Because of some needed tension and character depth, I’ve taken some liberties with the personal lives of the original characters and added some little quirks and backstory. I want them to be intriguing; bad yet likable, and good yet they do bad things. The made up characters and the lesser known ones will be the observers but will still have some key effect on the outcome of the storylines. As I think I’ve said before, this is all only for fun, but still something I’ve always wanted to do. A few of my friends have done quite a lot of fan-fiction and I want to have a good stab at it.
Practicing drawing legs is going well. The Anatomy Essentials magazine shows not just the general shape, but also the muscle structure underneath. However it’s the length and sizes of legs which is my main failing so I figure I’ll just keep working through the whole section of the book and at the same time keep up with the Posemaniacs gesture drawings. That way things will fall into place quicker. Ah well, only time and practice will tell!
Keeping on the subject of art, I’ve upgraded to Corel Painter 2017 and I can’t wait to see what it can do. I’ve already used the new drawer system. Basically the windows where such things as colour, papers, brush settings etc… are displayed can be hidden by double clicking the tab part, leaving only the tab. This is a great way of removing obstructions without having to press the keyboard tab to remove every panel each time you need space. Anyway, so far it’s been cool to use and I haven’t tried all the new brushes yet so I better get on that. I have however, been practicing painting explosions for a certain large personal project and after a few first tries (one using a tutorial) I think I’ve made some progress and would like to share with you guys. So here it is, explosion test number 3 using the oils in Corel Painter 2017:
More to come!
So hope you guys enjoyed Valley of Humanity Part 18. It was predominantly an action orientated part, and that theme will run into Part 19 as well. It was a little challenging to write a couple of one on one fights, trying to capture all the movements and feeling that would go into close quarters combat. I need to pick up the pace with these a little, otherwise I’ll spend way too much time trying to write one part and never get anything else done.
With writing in mind, my fanfic project is coming along slowly. I need to figure out a timeline using the important dates and events within the lore. The characters haven’t been fully listed with biographies yet either so that’ll be a long task ahead of me. Some will be characters of my own invention and will serve as a way of looking at the important players at key areas of their lives. One of my main inspirations is the TV show Boardwalk Empire. That show is set in the 1920’s and follows the various gangsters living at that time during the Prohibition. In the series some of the characters are fictitious and are used as a perspective view on the real life figures in history, a couple of which end up taking part in key moments in history.
I guess that’s what I want to do in mine. Which ones will survive though, will be an interesting choice to make…
I’ve done two sets of figure drawings over the last few weeks (gah!). Yeah…I need more practice. I’ve let things slide too often and far lately and now I’m having a little trouble drawing the human form with the correct anatomy. The main difficulty I have at the moment is drawing legs and making sure the height of the figure is correct. The legs seem to end up looking like a rag dolls legs: loosely attached to a solid upper body and left to flop in the wind. And so, I’m going to focus on the legs aspect of human figures and how they connect to the rest of the body.
Finally, I’m now on the final stretch of American Gods! Finally things are building up and coming to a close. It’s a good book, with good characters. I just want to move on soon. I’ll be glad that I read it, and when the TV show comes out I can poke holes or praise it, knowing I’ve actually read the book; unlike when the Game Of Thrones TV show came out. I enjoy that series, but I’ve never (nor do I plan to) read the books. I’m sure they’re great though!
So here we go, some of the figures I drew recently:
The bolt left the crossbow faster than a flash of thunder, yet somehow, to Drala’s horror, Hyde sidestepped leaving enough space for it to ram with a thud into the tree behind him. It was still after that, just another branch sticking half an inch away from the hunter’s ear. Hyde smiled a nasty and self-pleasing smile. The other two hunters sprang into action. Drala ducked a hard swing from a blade and whilst stepping beside the attacker, drew her own blade and sent a counter swipe at his back. It missed, but Drala was able to steady herself and prepare for the next attack. The other hunter was circling around them and waiting for his moment to strike, to prove himself in battle. The first hunter had no such patience. He charged at Drala, low and ready to strike, but Drala took one step backward and swung the heavy crossbow hitting the hunter across the head, sending him off his line of charge and into the ground.
The other hunter, now seeing his opportunity, drew a second blade, holding both weapons confidently. Drala had never seen one of her own kind so joyful in the face of danger. It disturbed her. What has he done to them? The thought stabbed through her mind almost as quick as left it. The eager hunter stepped toward her, blades shimmering slightly in the small columns of light from the uneven canopy above. Drala dropped her crossbow and readied her own blade. Off to the side, Hyde looked up at them every so often. He was leaning against the tree and studying the bolt that should have pinned his limp corpse to the wood. The eager hunter began his attack and Drala was pushed into a defensive position, their blades clashing in a flurry of flashing metal and loud clanging that rang through the woods around them. She had to admit, he was good. There was a youthful speed to his attacks and Drala found herself struggling to block each blow. She moved round him, trying to keep on the outside of his dual attacks; she remained constantly aware of Hyde’s presence nearby, waiting for when he would finally get bored and decide to join in. The young hunter was fast, but Drala was faster. As he took mostly short steps whilst skilfully manoeuvring both blades to attempt to strike her, Drala was light on her feet, ducking and parrying when she needed to. She was sweating and could feel her body heat up and her muscles work twice as hard, but she held her ground. The young hunter was becoming sluggish – only slightly – but wielding the two swords was costing him strength and Drala was still full of it.
Now it was her turn.
She launched her own flurry of blows at different angles and heights, forcing the young hunter to retreat backwards, his exhaustion obvious and Drala could see defence begin to fall, bit by bit. Their blades clashed and clashed; two hunters in the moment, both together and alone: two souls fighting to stay in the world.
An opening appeared.
As the young hunter swung a lazy attack downward, Drala dodged sideways and thrust her blade into his side. It wasn’t a deep wound, the layer of light armour had kept all but the tip of the blade out of his flesh, but it was enough to make him yelp in pain and cower backward clutching his side. Dark spots appeared on the wet grass as he moved back. Drala took very little time to recover and turned to face Hyde. He was still leaning against the tree and glanced up from the bolt he’d been casually studying. He smiled and cast it lightly to the floor. ‘You two, get out of my sight, now!’ The wounded pair crawled between Drala and Hyde, then with a collective moaning of pain they got to their feet and broke into limping run. They disappeared from view.
Drala and Hyde stood opposite each other; the woods watched them in silence. ‘I’m going to enjoy this,’ said Hyde. And with that, he lunged forward.
First week completed! It’s been bit interesting, mostly because I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would have. That being said it was nice to be able to work on something fresh and different for a change. This week was essentially just for brainstorming and seeing what I could get done under a stricter timeframe. I found that I must do anatomy and figure drawing each day anyway, it’ll be the main bulk of the focus during these six months and the writing side of things will be secondary.
So Valley of Humanity Part 18 will be up soon, just need to finalise the draft and type it up. I’m thinking of setting aside Saturdays as the allocated day to writing all things story-blogging. I have more time on the weekends to do the little projects that aren’t part of the main 6 months focus anyway. It’ll be done by next week and hopefully I can post it Saturday, maybe Sunday.
With the main writing focus, I started working on a character list with a short biography for each one. I got the main character down, only to realise that I had already started one a while back and completed almost exactly the same amount (and like this one: not a lot!). So from tomorrow I will do one character a day, looking at their background, their personalities and their role within the story. I may write it rough and type it all up at the end of the week, that way I can be fast and loose and not worry about having to correct mistakes.
So finally the art stuff. Not much to say on this subject, other than that I’ve started working through the Anatomy Essentials magazine once again. It seems to be going quite well; the last six months of anatomy and figure drawings are really starting to show through. It’s made it easier to see what the artists in the magazine are trying to show in their instructions. I look forward to the challenges ahead!
This is a portrait sketch I did from a friend’s design of Jamie Lannister that she made using the Dragon Age Inquisition character creator:
Monday is when it all begins again! I still need to work on Valley of Humanity as there is a lot more to do on that ongoing project. Each part is going to be about four written pages long, which should translate to about 1½ to 2 pages long when typed. I’ve already planned out some of what’s going to happen, and discovered that a few of the parts may make up a sort of contained story. I look forward to writing it. I know this blog story is supposed to be improvisational writing, but some things need to be planned so that I have rough direction to follow; I mean, I want it to end some day!
So like I said the new schedule begins tomorrow…or more accurately Tuesday since I have Krav Maga in the evening after work tomorrow and I always end up wanting to relax and game or watch DVDs or something. It’s going to be a bigger challenge this time around since I’m employed now and have a lot less time to do things in. This first week will be a beta test to see what can be done in the time allotted to me, and what things are pushing it a little too far, and then I’ll adjust the schedule for the week after that.
And, to round off this week’s blog entry (another short one, not much to say or show this week) here is a comparison of a Star Wars painting I did a year ago, to one I finished a few months ago. The first one was going to be a Sith and, erm… at one point I thought it looked ok…but clearly it’s awful. It really is incredible what six months of anatomy and figure practice can do, it really is:
Konnichiwa! Well that was a nice break from things. I know I’ve been away for a long time but I needed to get away and recharge my brain, but it’s time to dive back into the deep end and start up the Art and Writing engine once more! (It’s like Bond’s Lotus…but mine’s a dark blue colour :)).
So I start the next Six Month Projects Run from the 18th July and my two main focuses are:
- Art: Human Anatomy (both male and female figures).
- Writing: The script of the first episode of a fan fiction TV series I’ve wanted to write for ages…
There will of course be Sunday painting projects alongside the above. I’m starting a new Star Wars painting this week and if I don’t complete it by next Sunday then it’ll become part of the Sunday projects. I hope it turns out good; I’ve wanted to do a painting like it – still not telling – for a long time now.
I’m two thirds of the way through American Gods and I’ve made it my mission to spend my lunchbreaks finally finishing it. I’m enjoying it, but I’ve fallen behind these last few weeks. I now have hour long lunchbreaks instead of 30 minutes which is great, especially for reading. It’ll maybe take a few weeks to complete still.
The Valley of Humanity will be back, with bigger parts. This week will be a busy one as I have a painting to finish and alongside that I have to write, maybe, ten parts of VoH to cover the six months? I want to be able to post one every 2 – 3 weeks rather than once a month and I want each one to be longer.
*Tiny spoiler Ahead*
It’s gonna be fun now the main characters are out in the wilderness and forced to survive on they’re own. I can start to develop the landscape of the world; maybe even start some illustrations for each part? We’ll see what time I have…
*Tiny Spoiler Over*
Finally, here is the first new timetable for the project run. I’ve only filled out the first week, just to see how things go and I can adjust accordingly depending on how well I do.
I did it!! Well… ok I went over by about an hour and ten minutes, but I don’t care…I really don’t care, because I achieved over 50,000 words. I actually have half my novel done!. It’s rough and rubbish, but again I don’t care, I’m going to relish in the relief that I can put it aside for now and focus on something else.
Unfortunately I did not get all my rough comic pages done, but to be honest it became apparent my novel was the real priority. It’s something I’ve wanted to write for a while and now I finally got my chance. I’ll still be working on the comic later during the next set of timetables. Speaking of which I’m going to take a few weeks off to do some random projects and then I’ll be drafting up a new timetable, the first of another four that will take me through another six months.
For now though, here is the 4th and final completed timetable from Season One of Kcorym’s Six Month Golden Retreat in the Sun! (I know, lame joke).